Debra Schnack

Debra Schnack (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


I believe that change can happen. I believe in the resilience of the individual and their ability to push through and overcome obstacles.

Client Status

accepting clients



1110 SE Alder St.

Suite 301

Portland, 97214

At a Glance


Rate: $130-$165

Practicing Since: 2004


  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

My Ideal Client

I realize that no two people are the same and as such tailor my therapy to meet the specific needs of my clients. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other issue, I will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths and adjust certain behaviors and thoughts to see things a different, healthier way.

My Background and Approach

I take a holistic approach to therapy, concerned with the overall long-term well-being of the individual and their family. I work with clients on partner relational issues, family of origin conflict, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and other issues in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. I practice EMDR, Brainspotting, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), each depending upon the issues we are addressing.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Realizing you have a problem that you can't solve on your own is a brave first step for any person. Seeking out help and support is one of the toughest decisions to make. And as your therapist, I want you to know that I will be here to support you and work with you to help you become the person you want to be.

Techniques I Use


  • Brainspotting External link

    Many trauma experts believe that when we are overwhelmed by something traumatic, the emotional “charge” or memory from that event becomes trapped in our body. We’re often unaware this has even occurred, but our brain is altered as a result. It can cause emotional, mental, and physical problems. Brainspotting is designed to discover, dislodge, and ultimately release that trapped energy so it no longer causes problems in our life.

Issues I Treat


  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    There’s no denying that life often presents us with our fair share of challenges, usually in the form of sudden change. These life transitions, even the positive ones, can throw us into a tailspin and leave us feeling stressed, confused, and vulnerable. But with the right tools and mindset, you have the power to not only overcome any adversity, but also transform into a more authentic and confident version of yourself.

  • PTSD External link

    There are two specific techniques that are consistently gaining research-based evidence of their effectiveness in successfully treating PTSD. Brainspotting – This modality taps into the body’s​ innate ability to heal in order to reduce and eliminate the impact of unresolved trauma, negative beliefs, and emotional distress. EMDR – This technique uses bilateral sensory input such as side-to-side eye movements to stimulate the brain to process difficult thoughts, memories, and emotions.

  • Anxiety External link

    When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because therapy for anxiety — as opposed to taking anxiety medication — treats more than just symptoms to the problem. Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.

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